Friday, September 14, 2012

Eric Dolphy Original Jazz Art Silhouette Portrait Painting

"Eric Dolphy"
10" x 8"
Acrylic on Canvas Board.
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This is an original acrylic jazz art silhouette portrai painting of legendary saxophonist Eric Dolphy. From the "Jazz Silhouette" series. 

Jazz Silhouette Series  
Silhouette painting is a way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood in a picture.

Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr. (June 20, 1928 – June 29, 1964) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flutist, and bass clarinetist. On a few occasions, he also played the clarinet, piccolo, and baritone saxophone. Dolphy was one of several multi-instrumentalists to gain prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists. 

His improvisational style was characterized by the use of wide intervals, in addition to using an array of extended techniques to reproduce human- and animal-like effects which almost literally made his instruments speak. Although Dolphy's work is sometimes classified as free jazz, his compositions and solos were often rooted in conventional (if highly abstracted) tonal bebop harmony and melodic lines that suggest the influences of modern classical composers Bela Bartok and Igor Stravinsky.